The interim aged care royal commission report makes clear that a dramatic increase in funding is going to be needed to give Australia an aged care system that doesn't make us ashamed. But it's also clear such an increase isn't going to be enough. The aged care crisis -- and nothing short of that term is sufficient -- is a frighteningly complex policy problem and one that's not going to be fixed quickly.

If you haven't read the foreword to the commission's interim report, go and do so right now. It's harrowing and shameful. It's unsurprising the government was taken aback by the scale of neglect, abuse and mistreatment that is being meted out to elderly Australians, and the blunt language the report -- bearing the imprint of the late Richard Tracey -- uses to convey it.